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Human Capital and Productivity Performance: Britain, the United States and Germany, 1870–1990

Stephen Broadberry

in The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263471
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.003.0004

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Human Capital and Productivity Performance: Britain, the United States and Germany, 1870–1990

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This chapter examines the relationship between human capital and productivity among three industrialized economies: Britain, Germany, and the United States. It first presents sectoral estimates of comparative labour productivity from 1870 to 1990. It then examines the process by which Britain was overtaken at the beginning of the twentieth century by the upstart economies of the United States and Germany.

Keywords: human capital; productivity; Britain; Germany; United States; labour productivity

Chapter.  10215 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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